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Wife of 1st Johnson County resident to die due to COVID-19 shares his story

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 22:18:33-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dennis Wilson was the first Johnson County resident to die after contracting COVID-19.

Wilson, 74, died Saturday, and his wife, Joanna Wilson, chronicled his health online.

“The fight is over,” Joanna wrote Saturday night in a Facebook post. “I am absolutely heartbroken! It has been an indescribably horrible week of immeasurable suffering on the part of the love of my life and then certainly on the part of our three children and our six grandchildren who could only watch helplessly from a distance.”

Joanna Wilson said that she called the hospital Saturday morning asking for an update on Dennis’ condition and was told that his oxygen levels dropped, “his heart had increased and that they had given him several meds to treat but had had little effect but that he was resting now.”

She wrote that his condition was “worsening daily,” and she was told Saturday morning before leaving her house to get to the hospital that Dennis had died.

“I felt that if I’d have been notified earlier when his oxygen level dropped I would have been there and able to hold his hand as he left this world,” Joanna Wilson wrote. “Once again, I felt the very profession I gave my life to had just let me down again and deprived me of perhaps the most important right I had and that was to hold my husband’s hand as he slipped from this world. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a top-notch crew who I have 100% confidence in who are very patient and person oriented and if, heaven forbid, I should come down with it, I would choose to have those dear people take care of me, Luke, Derek, and Gina’s mother.”

In previous posts, Joanna Wilson shared that Dennis was a magician and that she had been given the opportunity to visit with him in person for five hours while he was in the intensive care unit.

Joanna Wilson also wrote that Dennis was a biology teacher and school administrator.